On 6 March, High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova took part in the 34th session of UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in the framework of the Annual Meeting dedicated to children’s rights.
During her speech, Tatiana Moskalkova reported that the Russian Federation pays great attention to protecting children’s rights.
According to the High Commissioner, she received 2 556 complaints related to violations of children’s rights in 2016. The claimants complained against violations of educational rights, housing rights of orphans, non-payment of child support by parents and improper restriction of parental rights.
"Thanks to the special status of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia, which is enshrined in law, the ombudsman has the right to petition the Supreme Court. This fact has a positive practice. Thus, a petition of the High Commissioner helped to achieve justice and to prevent eviction of a family with a small child," the High Commissioner said.
"Such cases are always followed up by the High Commissioner personally and we can influence a positive decision," Tatiana Moskalkova added.
According to the High Commissioner, there have been positive trends of increase in birth rate and decrease in child mortality, improvement of the social and economic status of families with children, as well as increased access to education and healthcare for children and increase in the number of children without parental care placed into families in Russia.
"Thanks to the program of state support for the past four years the number of orphans has decreased almost by half. However, the problem of orphanage is one of the major," Tatiana Moskalkova said.
In conclusion Tatiana Moskalkova stressed that there should be a possibility to use the maternity fund for medical treatment of children.